LinkLuv: Cycling, art, architecture and money

Ride The City is a new website that helps its visitors navigate New York City on two wheels. It maps out the quickest and safest routes for cyclists. Story and screenshot via TechCrunch.

Damien Hirst is bypassing his gallery representation and selling his work directly through Sotheby’s. Some wonder if this could be a big change in the art market, others assume the only artists that can get away with this are superstars like Hirst.

A brutalist church in D.C. tries to tear itself down, but the city won’t let it. The Christian Science church congregants are worried the concrete box, designed by an understudy of I.M. Pei, isn’t inviting, and they want to rebuild.

Cathy, the perennial comic strip, is in the midst of a witty series pointing out differences in how generations approach sustainable living and wise use of finances. It’s worth reading the last two weeks worth of material.


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Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

5 Responses to LinkLuv: Cycling, art, architecture and money

  1. Julie says:

    Cathy is great. and change the end of the URL from 11 through whenever as you page through.

    I’ve found a healthy balance between being frugal and spending freely on the important things…. accidentally closed the window, otherwise you could be entertained with a litany. 20% of my paycheck hits the 401(k), and I have other investments, and a roommate. No A/C or cable, but Netflix and cell phone. Buy cheap produce, expensive fish and cheese. Thrift store for clothes when possible, expensive shoes that’ll last years. Dumpster dived for my compost bin, and currently have basil, tomatoes, corn, and soybeans growing. You get the idea.

  2. Julie says:

    Love the church. They have a pretty brutalist one in Chicago as well, at Wacker and Wabash. (Try this link:,+IL&layer=c&ie=UTF8&ll=41.887091,-87.626398&spn=0.001739,0.004066&z=19&cbll=41.88682,-87.62626&panoid=sIZ2RH5C-ErcADP-qj-xNg&cbp=1,38.68096074403121,,0,5 ). But I like – really like – brutalist architecture. Preference aside, there’s much to be appreciated in a building that is thoughtfully constructed – like it or not, but appreciate the care.

    Their experience with their historically significant building is typical. (I say this as an architect who does historic preservation and restoration.) It’s not a matter of right or wrong, just the priorities as expressed by legislation. I’m sympathetic to the owners while I firmly believe in the greater good.

  3. pNielsen says:

    That’s a nice trick; visit Cathy often *wink*? For me it comes into Facebook via a Bloglines app, so don’t visit the website very often. As to spending, you seem to have a lot of wisdom a lot of other Americans could benefit from! 20% into the 401k is monsterous! I grew up with VERY frugal parents, but we’re not at a place we can be saving that much right now.

    This was the first time I heard the word Brutalist (guess we didn’t get that far into the architecture history text in my class). I’m a fan of Pei, but not personally a fan of the church in question. The building I banked at as a student in Lincoln, Nebraska was designed by Pei and I liked it very much, although when Wells Fargo bought it about 8 years ago they ruined the first floor space with a bunch of cubicles. Grrrrr.

  4. Julie says:

    Actually I only read Dilbert on nearly a daily basis, for the quick and dirty version. But I’m no slouch in catching on to patterns!

    I like your Nebraska building. Cleveland (from whence I did hail) is going to take down a Breuer building. It bums me out.

    The now-Chase tower in Chicago got kinda destroyed by its makeover on the first floor and mezzanine. In ten or twenty years they may realize the error of their ways, destroying architecture for vanilla-box commercialism. I hope so.

    The notion of church architecture has changed, hasn’t it? Should churches be inviting?

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